FACT SHEET (FAQs)

The award winning and world-renowned Professional Community Intervention Training Institute (P.C.I.T.I) was founded in late 2006.  A nonprofit, private training & developmental center devoted exclusively to community violence-hostility reduction, hard-core gang intersession and related behavioral and psychological transformation techniques. The Institute runs a specialized 18 week, 140 hour practitioner based certification training. (It was developed exclusively as an across the board “practitioner driven” community based gang intervention first responder, violence deterrence and personal transformation-developmental training institute.) The Institution has trained over 10,500 professional Intervention peacekeepers, public safety experts, social health advocates, victim service specialists and mental health authorities across the nation and throughout the world. 


Purpose:

P.C.I.T.I. preparatory training was developed to provide effective skill sets, direct protocol creation, standards of field operation, critical thinking along with standard operating procedures-guidelines and replicable template development. This new, unique model of community-based intervention transforms the role of the “gang interventionist” to one a “Professional Community Intervention First Responder”.


The following are the six areas of instruction and  core proficiencies that are taught in the institute:

  • Direct Rehearsal-Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Tangible Tasks (Responsibilities)
  • Applied Hypothesis
  • Diverse Policy Concerns and Street Internship/Scenarios


Certification Board:

P.C.I.T.I. established the first national multi-level certification body entitled the National Community Intervention Board (NCIB). This board sets the operational protocol and behavioral standards for the Institute and all its affiliates. P.C.I.T.I. is also a scientifically evaluated & proven best practice. P.C.I.T.I. is the Training Component under the 501c3 non-profit BUILD Program. It operates as a separate division.


Where:

Nationally we have traveled to various cities to train and provide our specialized expertise throughout the United States. Some of the municipalities who have utilized our services include Little Rock Arkansas, Atlanta Georgia, Corpus’s Christi Texas, Seattle & Tacoma Washington, New York, Washington DC, Montgomery County, Delaware, Virginia, Omaha, Nebraska, Chicago Illinois, San Francisco and Oakland California. International our staff has invited to the countries of Geneva Switzerland, Ghana, Egypt, The Republic of China, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Lima Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Uruguay, London and Togo to teach, train assist in violence & hostility reduction, targeted public safety development, organization planning and infrastructural development.


AWARD AND ACCOLADES

  • American Committee for the United Nations Humanitarian Award
  • Immaculate Heart, The Mary Award
  • State of California, Peacebuilding Award
  • Los Angeles City Council, Certificate of Accommodation
  • Los Angeles Fire Department, Community Service Award
  • Los Angeles City, Outstanding Activism Award
  • Los Angeles County, Community Intervention Award
  • California Peace Prize - The Wellness Foundation
  • Father of The Community Award
  • Jonathan Jasper Award - Ass. Blacks in Criminal Justice
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • California Legislature Assembly
  • Peace In The Hood (Working with Gang Members To End The Violence) Hunter Publishing 2014
  • Street Survival 101 (Community Violence Intervention Column) Over 30 National Newspapers
  • Resolution-Specialized Public Safety,
  • LA City Council Congressional Commendation (Congresswoman Janice Hahn)
  • Certificate of Commendation - Community Service LAPD
  • Board of Fire Commissioners-Commendation
  • Resolution No. 1020
  • City of New York-911 Acclamation

FEATURED IN Written Publications:

  • San Gabriel Tribune
  • L.A. Weekly
  • The Guardian
  • Ozy
  • LA Watts Times
  • Press Enterprise
  • Digital Journal
  • Our Weekly
  • LA Magazine
  • Common Dreams
  • Rutgers
  • Seattle Globalist
  • Visual News
  • Huffington Post
  • LA Sentinel
  • Daily News
  • LA Times

RECENT NEWS


October 2017

The Orange County Register with support from the USC Center for Health Journalism


October 2015

SFVIP (SAN FRANCISCO VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAM)- Mission Accomplished!
Healthright 360 team members and members of Carecen after completion of their comprehensive violence intervention-engagement class. PCITI trained, certified and these teams and part of the nation peacekeeping LTO movement!! The San Francisco Violence Intervention group becomes the 15th regional class to graduate the celebrated PCITI certification program. Progression in motion!




PCITI INTERNATIONAL & THE LTO MOVEMENT GETTING IT DONE IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND



PRESS RELEASES:

  • Press release for Chicago School Doctorate
  • SCRIPT 2016 Invited Call for Presentations
  • College Nine & College Ten Co-Curricular Program with Aquil Basheer
  • Maximum Force Major Contributor to new Community-Based Gang Intervention Act Bill
  • Peace In the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence
  • Surviving the Police Stop/Arrest to “All-Inclusive Community Survival"
  • Stop the Stigma Conference


Comrades, just a little more viewing to attempt to establish what we, PCITI International, was "tasked" to do on this mission. Our goals, which were numerous, were accomplished. Some of what we focused on was to: Implement our expertise were needed, acquire clarity of what the blueprint was and what is intended to do. Broaden our network and align with some of the additional subject matter experts that were participating and bringing their expertise to the table. Acquire a focused vision on how the "action plan" for the next 15 years was to be implemented and finally make sure "practitioner focused" knowledge, wisdom and understanding would play a major role in how the structure would be carried out. I would say the majority of individuals involved in this process who were there and participated seemed to truly be engaged in getting this right and most had the passion to stay with the mission. Met some outstanding international comrades who seemed to be concentrated on the issue at hand, I salute all of them!


BOOKS:


PEACE IN THE HOOD: (Getting it Done!)

USC students studying from "Peace in the Hood" which is required reading at the USC school of Social Work. Peace in the Hood is the mandated text in numerous Universities, High Schools and libraries throughout the Nation. The book has made it to the International circle having been introduced in Country after Country. PIH has set the standard for what the protocols, standard operating procedures and skill sets necessary for this discipline of this work should look like. Mission accomplished! Barnes & Noble and Amazon are two of the places the book can be found. I've done my job in leaving the blueprint and the doable template, those of you that are serious about understanding and implementing this work, you have the manual, no excuses, let's go to work!! Much respects to all of you, Power to the People!



On The Ground Assisting

Comrades, let's not get this mixed!! PCITI is best when its on the streets engaging the people! We come from the culture, understand the dynamics of the culture, know the needs of the culture, feel the pain of the culture and are traumatized by the culture! This is one of the reasons our operation has been as effective as it has been.

We live these and love these streets, don't like what we see and that's why we're on the ground and not singing but swinging to get this right!! We have comprehensively studied the dynamics of what transpires in communities under stress and communities in crisis, individuals with limited options who have done abnormal things. PCITI has been on the ground for decades in so many regions that have total infrastructure collapse; we have seen the red flags and common denominators. Our operation has put in work from the west coast to the east coast and across this entire nation.

Time and time again I will stress that real answers and solutions come from being "on the ground" and rubbing your feet, elbows, hands and face in the dirt of the land. The only way you know the "texture" of something is to "feel" it. I have came up with a new term, its called "Barefoot Community Crisis Intervention" This referees to "down and dirty" in your face engagements where you touch the people you serve, not from behind a wall, a built up buffer or some other type of wall which divides you from the people. You will be hearing a lot more about this field of work as we roll out the new LTO movement on a larger scale. Power to the People!


SEPTEMBER 2015


INSTRUCTING AT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S CAMPUS


Comrades, back at USC for the 7th year where we present to both graduate and undergraduate students in Professor Hernandez's Social Justice class focusing on gang awareness, culture youth aggression and social climates. We provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the gang structure, action, behaviors and characteristics as well as providing an historical overview of the dynamics, which developed this entity.



PCITI INTERNATIONAL & THE LTO MOVEMENT GETING IT DONE IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND


Comrades, just a little more viewing to attempt to establish what we, PCITI International, "tasked" you to do on this mission. Our goals, which were numerous, were for the most part accomplished. some of what we focused on was to: Implement our expertise were needed, acquire clarity of what the blueprint was and what is intended to do. Broaden our network and align with some of the additional subject matter experts that were participating and bringing their expertise to the table, get a focused vision on how the "action plan" for the next 15 years was to be implemented and finally make sure "practitioner focused" knowledge, wisdom and understanding would play a major role in how the structure would be carried out. I would say the majority of individuals involved in this process who were there and participated seemed to truly be engaged in getting this right and most had the passion to stay with the mission. Met some outstanding international comrades who seemed to be really concentrated on the issue at hand, I salute all of them!



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